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Infernal Overdrive at O'Brien's, Allston MA, Jul 16 2011 Free Music To Listen
Image by Chris Devers Paraphrasing Infernal Overdrive's Facebook page: Genre Heavy Rock Members • Marc Schleicher- Lead Guitar and Vocals • Rich Miele- Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals • Mike Bennett- Lead Drums • Keith Schleicher- Lead Bass Guitar On the web MySpace Facebook ReverbNation SongKick Last FM Photos of their shows • O'Brien's, Allston MA, 16 Jul 2011 • Great Scott, Allston MA, 2 Apr 2011 • O'Brien's, Allston MA, 4 Sept 2010 • O'Brien's, Allston MA, 16 Jan 2010 Hometown Red Bank, NJ Record Label Small Stone Records About Infernal Overdrive is a heavy rock and roll band formed in early 2008 when Marc Schleicher (fmr. Quintaine Americana [Wikipedia, MySpace, AllMusic], Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler, Liquor Tricks [MySpace]) of Allston , Mass. started jamming with Mike Bennett (fmr. Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]) in Red Bank. Soon they got Rich Miele (fmr. Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]) on board playing second lead guitar. During some of their early shows, Jake Metz (Godzero [MySpace]) joined the band on bass, but he was soon replaced by Keith Schleicher. Their sound is a combination of their classic influences such as Led Zeppelin, Blue Cheer, Free, Grand Funk, Cactus, Deep Purple and Pink Floyd and newer heavy bands like Kyuss, Nebula, Soundgarden, STP, QOTSA and Monster Magnet. Biography Rumors abound that somewhere in the depths of New Jersey time stands still and it is always 1977. Trapped in this interstellar time warp, making electric amageddon is Infernal Overdrive. Fronted by the mysterious, oft reckless Marc Schleicher (Cracktorch [MySpace], Quintaine Americana [Wikipedia, MySpace, AllMusic], Antler) - a Boston native transplanted in time and space to this 4th dimension - summoned by the all-powerful duo of Mike Bennett and Rich Miele of Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]. After a treacherous search to find his long lost brother, Keith Schleicher was sucked into the vortex to fulfill his destiny on bass guitar. They journey in the last of the V8 interceptors, proving themselves worthy of the Small Stone pedigree. Forces to be reckoned with on their own, as a group their wonder team powers activate to kick into Infernal Overdrive. Armed with their wits, New Jersey dialect and a passion for surviving the likes of the Tall Man, flying orbs, giant sharks, the Turnbull AC's and an occasional family of albino zombies, Infernal Overdrive will be coming to an area near you soon. Can you dig it? Current Location Red Bank, NJ Artists We Also Like Cortez, Maegashira, Monster Magnet, Roadsaw, Pigs, The Brought Low Influences Delta Blues, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Soundgarden, Monster Magnet, Cactus, Deep Purple, Nebula, Pink Floyd, Cream, Mountain, Kyuss, James Gang and shit loads of other bands. Reviews Review by The Obelisk / Stoner Rock: Infernal Overdrive Kick into Gear With production by Andrew Schneider (Throttlerod, The Brought Low, Hackman) and mastering by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East in Boston, there’s no doubt that New Jersey riff rockers Infernal Overdrive are going for that Small Stone Records sound. The four tracks that comprise their new self-titled EP fall in line with the kind of straightforward guitar-led rock the Detroit label has proffered for well over a decade now, and with a similar southern/classic ‘70s influence to New York’s The Brought Low, Infernal Overdrive seem remarkably conscious of what they’re doing sonically. More so than you might expect for a band just releasing their first EP. The story goes that when guitarist/vocalist Marc Schleicher (ex-Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler) moved from Massachusetts to central New Jersey, he got hooked up with drummer Mike Bennett and guitarist/backing vocalist Rich Miele (both ex-Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]). Keith Schleicher (relation assumed) was added on bass and Infernal Overdrive began rocking out early 2008. The EP was recorded over two days in February and four in April, and though that seems quick, none of the songs feels rushed or underdone. Schneider, who also shows up on extra backing vocals, makes his mark sound-wise in the tone of Schleicher and Miele’s guitars and Bennett’s snare sound, which has the same pop Schneider has become known for â€" not too bright, but able to cut through the mix and propel the songs forward. Some of Schleicher’s leads, as on EP closer “Motor,” feel a little too thought out, too structured where what I’d like to hear is a little bluesy ‘70s recklessness, but they get the job done nonetheless, and the vocals are never out of place. Although the highway for which it’s named runs down through the whole East Coast, there’s no question that when Infernal Overdrive open the EP with “I-95,” they’re talking about Jersey. The song is a southern-hued guitar rocker that sets the tone well for the three tracks that follow with an ear toward rock traditionalism and, once again, like-minded Small Stone heavy-hitters Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, et al. It’s hard to argue with the approach when it works as well as it does on the speedy “The Edge,” which forgoes central Jersey’s reputation for heavy psychedelia in the style of Monster Magnet in favor of Halfway to Gone’s stripped-down take on rock. “Duel” slows down the pace somewhat but still keeps a mid?paced groove that makes use of some well?placed lead lines that start the song reminding me of Iron Maiden filtered through Nebula’s druggy haze. Only “Motor,” which devolves into an extended jam that brings the track to a total of just under 12 minutes, is longer, as the songs on Infernal Overdrive go in order from shortest to longest. Whether or not that’s on purpose on the part of the band, I don’t know â€" I’d imagine at least putting “Motor” last is â€" but I suppose it’s as good a method of organization as any. There’s a short message from the Devil after “Motor” finishes up, and that’s the end of the EP. Infernal Overdrive are out relatively quick when you consider their first release is only 26 minutes and three of the four songs take up about 11 of it. No complaints though, as the four-piece know precisely how to get the most out of their sound and show exactly that on these tracks. It’s a hell of an investment to make with a self-released debut to hook up with the likes of Schneider and Zampiello, but Infernal Overdrive make the most of Schleicher and co.’s collected experience, and come off sounding confident and notably mature for a band who’s been together less than three years. It may not be changing the game, but Infernal Overdrive is definitely worth checking out for anyone who wants to hook into some solid and unpretentious heavy rock. Review by Cutting Edge Rocks: A couple years ago we reviewed a strong up-and-coming Jersey band Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook]. Well, it seems they dissolved and morphed into Infernal Overdrive. The new band is two parts Loud Earth [Reverb Nation, Facebook] (drummer Mike Bennett and guitarist/backing vocalist Rich Miele), one part Cracktorch [MySpace], Antler (guitarist/vocalist Marc Schleicher) and one part brother (bassist Keith Schleicher). Mike contacted me letting me know the band formed after Marc relocated from Boston and set up shop in Jersey. He sent along the EP for my listening pleasure. And a pleasure it is! The songs are baked in southern ‘70s hard rock with catchy riffs and plenty of power rumbling in the pipes. The info is sketchy but according the record’s liner notes, the four-song EP was recorded this year in Brooklyn, NY over five days (Feb 27, 28 & April 17, 18, 24, 25). Production was handled by Andrew Schneider (Throttlerod, The Brought Low, Hackman) with mastering by Nick Zampiello. Fans of our site will immediately make the Small Stone connection and that seems to be where the band are heading as the vibe is defiantly Detroit retro. Take for instance “I-95” which opens the disc with a solid guitar wail and foot-stomping drum beat. Tambourine is added for flavor but the song bellows like fellow Boston-natives Roadsaw, mixing biker thunder with a Pat Travers/Leslie West riff-fest. Second track, “The Edge” is pure old school Nugent, including the repeat riff and frantic, almost MC5 delivery. Schleicher voice is ragged and ready to rock. The drums hammer and the bass drives laying down a solid bed for some sexy solo leads. “Duel” has more Fu Manchu in the groove. It’s mostly in the chorus, but the build in the verse is still very Scott Hill/Brant Bjork. The track also boasts our favorite solo - frayed, not over played and sparked with cosmic energy. “Motor” is a 13-minute stoner masterpiece. A heavy bottom end brings to mind Sabbath, Sasquatch and Mountain. The riff is clean but thick with a layered solo painting in all the little nuances - perfect for a psychedelic ride. The echo on the vocals adds to the songs dripping mysticism while the guitar is allowed to float, pierce and melt the brain. Yeah, it only four songs, but dude, sometime that’s all you need when they’re this good. Review by Heavy Planet I recently had a chance to hear some new material from thee guys and I'll tell you right now, this is a band to be on the look out for. They're going places. Their sound is straight up southern stoner rock. If I had to compare them, I'd say they're a bit harder version of The Brought Low. Checkout the usual social media spots (links below) to hear what I'm talking about and keep up to date with all their happenings because you'll certainly be hearing from them again.

Lt. Dan Band rocks Grafenwoehr - U.S. Army - FMWRC - 81574-2010-07-29-160709 Free Music To Listen
Image by familymwr www.armymwr.com Lt. Dan Band rocks Grafenwoehr GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - It was the perfect patriotic setting: the smell of grilled hamburgers permeated the air, the crowd dressed in a sea of red, white and blue, a dog barked at two kids passing a Frisbee across the Main Post parade field and bare feet danced to music blaring from the stage. It was the perfect American celebration, well, except that it happened to be located in Germany. But on this Independence Day, Americans and Germans joined forces to celebrate the great country of America; what it stands for, what freedoms we have and bring to others and our vast history of good ol' American rock-n-roll. To showcase this genre of music, Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise along with his entourage of musical friends (12 members in all) took to the stage and entertained more than 4,000 Soldiers, family and community members, July 4, and provided a look inside the musical stylings of the Lt. Dan Band. Although Sinise denies any parallels to the title character, he stated that after years of touring overseas to visit the men and women of the armed forces, Soldiers would notoriously call him "Lt. Dan." "There were some people, I think, that didn't know my real name," said Sinise, in a graveling tone. "But I thought the name had a nice ring to it and since Lt. Dan was a military man himself, the name stuck." Sinise played second fiddle to Tom Hanks in his infamous role as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," but for many fans, Sinise remains in the forefront. "He has such a passion for military service," said family member Sheila McIntire. "This is a great tribute to (Soldiers and family members). All of the work he does really makes a difference." Sinise has devoted countless hours to aiding military veterans and currently serves as the national spokesperson for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. He also started the grass-roots program "Operation International Children," an organization that collects and sends school supplies to Soldiers overseas for distribution to schools in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations. Additionally, when he's not solving crimes as Detective Mac Taylor on the hit show "Crime Scene Investigation: New York, (CSI:NY)," Sinise takes his talents on the road, touring with the United Service Organizations (USO), playing free show for thousands of Soldiers and family members every year. "A lot of people have their reasons for giving back and lending a hand to the military community and they give through various service endeavors," said Spc. Marcus Kranz, U.S Forces Customs Europe. "People like Gary Sinise help out by entertaining and lifting morale of the community." The energy was high as the Lt. Dan Band performed a two-hour set of soul-funk-pop-country-blues-rock with a bit of "Bugle Boy" thrown in. Sinise provided the downbeat playing the bass and the individual talents of each band member reverberated through the crowd. "They are all talented musicians," said family member Sarah Krantz. "Their sound is great and you can tell it's not just a vanity project. They are having fun on stage and working together to put on a great show." From Jeff Vezain's electric stage presence, Mitch Paliga's saxophone serenade, Danny Gottlieb's constant drum beat, Dan Myers' extraordinary violin playing and the soothing sounds of numerous vocalists including Julie Dutchak and Mari Anne Jayme, the Lt. Dan Band pulled out all the stops to provide a foot-stomping, adrenaline-pumping show. All of the band members are veterans of the stage with vast experience within the music industry. Electric guitarist Kimo Williams, however, is a veteran both on and off the stage. In 1970, Williams was sent to Vietnam and assigned to a combat engineer company that built roads and cleared land in the jungle. To deal with the stress of combat he took to the guitar and started practicing, hoping to play like his hero Jimi Hendrix. An Army entertainment director heard him playing at one of the service clubs and suggested he form a band to perform for the troops in the field. For the next two months, September through November 1970, Williams and his band "The Soul Coordinators" traveled to remote fighting areas throughout Vietnam. They often set up their drums and amps in the deep jungle mud with their music at times competing with artillery fire. "I was armed with a guitar and an M-16," said Williams. "Depending on what was happening, I'd use one or the other." Williams' ability to tell a story, sing and wail on the guitar pleased the crowd, garnering numerous cheers and a standing ovation. Many in the audience sang along as Williams played "Fire," an arrangement that would surely make Hendrix proud. Turning the attention to the audience, vocalists Dutchak and Jayme pulled Pvt. 2 Chris Maloof, 172nd Infantry Brigade, on stage and serenaded him with a sultry rendition of "Natural Woman," as the strapping Soldier swooned over the singers under a shy grin and rosy cheeks. The show came to end and the crowd screamed for more. The band listened and played a 10-song encore ending with show stomping "God Bless the U.S.A.," much to the delight of spectators. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than being with the men and women of our armed forces," said Sinise. "The band and I are always happy to hit the road with the USO. We love performing for troops, because their sacrifices make it possible for the rest of us to live our lives. They deserve so much more, and this is just one way for us to let them know we appreciate what they do." USO and TriWest Health Care Alliance sponsored the event with support from Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr. PHOTO CAPTION: Gary Sinise kept the downbeat on his electric bass while entertaining a crowd of more than 4,000 during a 4th of July concert with this band, the Lt. Dan Band. U.S. Army photo by Molly Hayden, USAG Grafenwoehr. Cleared for public release, not for commerical use, attribution requested.

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